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Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart!

That’s the title to my new book and I really like it. It goes along with a bitter piece of poetry I wrote back in college when I’d determined all men were evil minions of Satan. I think the title works great for the story and am excited for the release!

It’s coming out in October, and if you couldn’t tell from the title, it’s a romance novel–romantic comedy to be exact. My previous two books were a wee bit emotionally draining, so I needed a pick-me-up and wrote Cross My Heart. I laughed pretty much the whole time I wrote it and loved every minute of that story. I was able to go back to Boston a couple of years ago on a research trip which helped me write both Cross My Heart, and the novel I just turned into my agent, Spell Check. It was a whirlwind trip of filming locations, taking pictures, figuring out plots, and romancing Mr. Wright  in the city that lies at the space between my childhood and growing up.

I lived in Boston for a short while when I was eighteen. I loved going back. I loved going back with him. And I’m excited to share the fruits of that trip with my readers. Seriously guys. You are going to love this one.

And how weird is this, I was doing genealogy and came across some things that belonged to my great grandma. Turns out she was a writer. Turns out she was published in several little magazines and such. What I came across were several suspense/mystery short stories. The stories were fun to find and read, but what was really fun?

She had a rejection letter from Ladies Home Journal attached to one of those stories, and along with that, she had the actual magazine where the story finally found publication. It was an odd sort of kinship I felt, reading this letter sent to my great grandmother in 1952. I love that she saved the letter, the original story and the magazine. All those things together paint a vivid picture about my great grandmother. She believed in herself, and she didn’t give up.

It must run in our blood. I have rejection letters to books I’ve later held in my hands as published works.  Giving up is never an option. As I sit here with my fifth book about to be published and several more completed and awaiting their turn in print, I wonder what would have happened if I’d quit with that first letter? What would I have lost? What friendships and associations would I have never known?

It makes me physically ill to think of all I would have missed.

Thanks Grandma. May whatever’s flowing in our DNA never die.

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17 Responses
  1. Carolyn V says:

    That is so cool about your Grandma! (Especially that she kept her rejection and her notice of publication. Very cool!

    I’m so excited about your new book! I can’t wait to hear more about it. =)

  2. Woohoo Jules! I can’t wait to read your new book. And yes, I think that’s awesome that your great-grandma was a writer, and that she kept her letters and things for you to find. My dad’s brother and sister wrote–his brother even had many books published, but there’s no way for us to know about previous generations. I makes me wonder though, and wish we had better records, even if the only writing they did was for family and friends.

  3. Yay!! I am so excited for you. That is so awesome about your Grandma. You have such an amazing talent. I am so blessed to know you and have the ability to visit with you. Kolby says hi, and blew you a kiss.

  4. Debbie says:

    Oh, I love that! What an awesome thing for you to find.

  5. Heather Moore says:

    That is so awesome about your great-grandmother! My great-grandma was a poet. I have her book of poetry that was published. I should use them sometime 🙂

    Congrats on your next book–can’t wait to read it!

  6. Kristina P. says:

    What a great thing to find!

  7. Great title, Julie! Congrats!

  8. Annette says:

    That gives me chills! Yay for great-grandma! (And maybe someday it’ll be YOUR great-granddaughter finding your work and getting inspired!)

  9. Wow! What a great story. My grandmother and mother also loved to write. Poetry mostly. I wrote songs and poems too but not stories. At least not after the 6th grade! What a cool thing for you to discover.

    Can’t wait for your book. I love your writing.

    Come by my blog and become a follower. I’m having a contest and everything! Can’t wait to see you at the conference!

  10. L.T. Elliot says:

    When I turned 12, my father gave me a small, blue book. It was a collection of short stories written by my great-grandmother with one of her handkerchiefs tucked inside of it. I have felt a kinship with her ever since and have learned that many of my same struggles were her struggles. Sometimes, I like to think that she’s leaning over my shoulder and whispering that I must keep on.

    Thank you for sharing your story, Julie. I’m so happy for your new book and I can’t wait to read it. You’re an incredible writer and a simply marvelous woman.

  11. Julie Boris says:

    Oh Jules, I like the title! I’m so very excited to read it. Reading your post brought flashbacks of those crazy years. I vauguley remember that poem from college too – it would be fun to read again.
    That is awesome about your great grandma!! I read it to Scott and it gave him chills – so cool the connections we have with our ancestors (but most of which stays undiscovered) – what a treasure!

  12. Nancy Allen says:

    Yay, Julie! Hooray about your new book!!

  13. Ruth says:

    My husband was in your store one day and bought me a copy of “My Not-So Fairy-Tale Life” (signed too, thank you!). I just finished reading it and loved it. Couldn’t put it down and read it in two evenings. Being a budding writer myself (really, the seed hasn’t broken through the soil yet) I am always interested in the writers of the books I read and how they came to be so I checked out your website and somehow ended up here. Congratulations on your accomplishments! From a small town girl it’s nice to know that small town can still succeed in writing.

  14. Julie says:

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes! I am so excited for th enew book to come out! And Ruth, thanks for finding me on the internet. I am so glad to hear you liked the book. Three cheers for small towns!

  15. Curtis says:

    Excellent post, Julie. I hope you caught a Red Sox game while you were in Boston . . . and I didn’t know you lived there for awhile. That explains your ridiculous obsession with the Sox when you and I both know that the Braves are the superior team. 🙂

    And the story about your grandmother is a great plug for geneology work. Let the blessings pour out upon you. I don’t think I’m related to any writers, which explains why I’m such a terrible one. No genetics. I sometimes pretend that I’m related to Hemingway, but I don’t think anyone believes it.

  16. What a cool story! How amazing that your great-grandmother kept those things and that you could find them and feel linked to her. I love it.

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